anchoring the south-east corner of newcastle’s civic park, the newcastle region art gallery (nrag) serves simultaneously as a compositional
part of the broader civic and community ensemble, and as a dynamic attractor within its immediate local context. the building seeks to acknowledge
and accommodate the complexity of its functional program, and to combine the cultural and commercial components in a clear and intelligible way.
the building’s main entrance addresses the civic orientation to laman street and the civic park. the oblique corner presence onto darby street announces
the building onto the city’s streetscape. the positioning of gallery functions onto laman street and the prominent corner positioning of gallery bookstore
and cafe creates activated frontages which complement the commercial ones along darby street. the building’s permanent and temporary exhibition galleries
are both located on the upper (first floor) in an arrangement that allows for a continuous circulation pattern through them.